Try to make your questions as concise as possible. You may want to give your GP, specialist or Parkinson’s nurse the list to read at the beginning of the appointment.
If a healthcare professional says things you don’t understand, ask them to explain.
It is much better to admit you don’t understand than to pretend you do, and then find you don’t know what you need to do when you get home.
Some questions you may want to ask include:
- I’m concerned about a particular symptom. What can help?
- How soon should I start medication?
- What type of side effects might I get from my medication?
- I have another medical condition as well as Parkinson’s. What should I do?
- Which other health professionals can help me?
- I'm feeling stressed and down about my diagnosis. What help can I get?
- How often will I see you?
- When will I have my next appointment?
- Can I have more time with you?
Remember that many healthcare appointments can be quite short.
If you have several things you want to talk about, tell the receptionist when you call to make an appointment.
They may be able to offer a double appointment – it's always worth asking.
Many health professionals and services now offer phone and video calls for your appointments.
If you have Parkinson's and you’re new to phone or video appointments, understanding how best to prepare for them will help you get the most out of them.
Helpline and local advisers
Our helpline and Parkinson's local advisers are here to answer any questions you have about visiting your doctor or nurse.
Call us on 0808 800 0303
Last updated May 2014. We review all our information within 3 years. If you'd like to find out more about how we put our information together, including references and the sources of evidence we use, please contact us at [email protected]